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Rhon Bell

Rhon Bell, an outdoor enthusiast, spends his time exploring the Maine Woods and documenting his journeys. Growing up in Aroostook County, he embraced the outdoor lifestyle at a young age. Living today near Portland, he spends weekends and week-long adventures hiking New England summits, canoeing the historic Maine waterways, and ice fishing for lake trout. Follow the journey as Window to the Woods discovers new destinations, and check out his other blog, Backwoods Plaid.

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Window to the Woods with Rhon Bell
Posted: May 10, 2013

Hiking and Waterfalls in Newry, ME

Times are busy for everyone, but putting on a plaid shirt and spending some quality outdoor time does the soul some good. OK, you don’t have to wear plaid, but it helps. Plan a trip, book a tent site, rent a cabin. Whether you find a good hike or simply a campfire and cold beer, you’ll be better because of it. We booked a little cabin near Newry, Maine and headed out for a weekend of waterfalls and scenic trails.

A quiet dirt road, far from anything you’d call “the edge of town”, brought us to our weekend home. Upon arriving at camp, one matter of business always comes foremost – unloading  pre-split camp wood next to the fire pit. Followed promptly afterward by the first campfire. My inner boy seems to escape about this time. While I chop kindling, collect twigs, and arrange my tee-pee style tinder bundle before sparking what will become an all-night fire – other duties escape me (such as helping unload the car or contributing much to dinner). This fire is obviously much more important.

Saturday morning we hike a portion of the Grafton Loop Trail (located on Route 26). It offers 39 scenic miles, traverses 4 mountain peaks and maintains 5 primitive camp sites. After an afternoon of exploring, we head back to the cabin and get some rest. Sunday afternoon, we check out Screw Auger Falls. The rushing water has the tendency, for me, to erase the stresses of life. The sounds of mid-spring fall into unison as the birds join in song and the wind rustles amongst the branches. Responsibilities are merely a drive back home; all the more reason to stay.

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